Little Oliver Cory Who Reached for the Stars

Updated on August 3, 2019
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As an experienced teacher, Lora knows the importance of developing students' self-esteem and creating a positive learning environment.

This poem is about a little boy who is much wiser than those who ridicule him. The poem also shows us that even though someone may bully us with words and completely misjudge us that we don't have to let it effect our feelings of self-worth. We can go on to achieve our goals despite their wrong opinion about us.

Little Oliver Cory

Little Oliver Cory was shorter than most,
he sure was skinny and poor-
I guess you could say he carried “no weight”
and his classmates all thought,
this would decide his fate.

When it came to other children calling on him,
it seldom did occur-
yet little Oliver with his idealistic faith,
this... it did not deter.

He kept right on pursuin’ his dreams.
It didn’t seem to matter much
if insults got real mean;
studying hard and persevering,
on this, he was keen-
enjoying his life and interests
with an energy seldom seen.

LIttle Oliver Cory never talked much,
didn’t indulge in gossip and such.
One day, he got hit in the eye
but Oliver was determined not to cry-
he just shook his head with a sigh.

That big boy stared at him real hard
and told him he was a fool…
“you’ll never be anything, you’ll see,
but Oliver answered,
“no one can take my dreams from me.”

One day, we all read about Oliver Cory
who won the Pulitzer Prize for his great story;
his talent and skill brought him real glory.
Oliver said his success had been hard-earned
but worth all the pain,
and that he hadn’t done it for the fame.

Yes, that little Oliver Cory
who never talked much
and hid his tears inside-
reached for the stars
and flew right to the sky.

-Lora Hollings

Love Yourself (Anti-Bullying Song)

When this dad discovered that his 6-year-old daughter was being bullied at school because of her weight, Khari Toure wrote the song, “Love Yourself,” (Anti-Bullying Song).

"I hope this song and video empowers children who have been abused, bullied, and belittled, to build up their confidence, embrace who they are, and love themselves unconditionally."

"Love Yourself" is an empowering anthem with lyrics like "I'm beautiful. I'm worthy. And those mean words can't hurt me." With over 1.3 million views on YouTube, it's clear that the song and music video are inspiring people all over the world."

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      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        2 weeks ago

        Thanks John for visiting and for your insightful comment. I'm glad that you liked my poem and the song! “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” – Harvey S. Firestone

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        John Hansen 

        2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        What a wonderful message in this poem, Lora. Cory proved that by being strong against all obstacles you can achieve your dreams. The song 'Love Yourself' is great too. I shared that.

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        Lora Hollings 

        2 weeks ago

        Thank you for commenting, Dana, and sharing this tragic yet very inspiring story about your best friend. Although she died very young, she accomplished so much with the time that she lived and became a role model for others who find themselves in a similar situation. No wonder she was your hero! Many blessings to you.

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        Dana Tate 

        2 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

        I remember my best friend was teased badly because her family was poor and her clothes were worn. She got the last laugh when she made class valedictorian and received a scholarship to a really prestigious college. Sadly, in college they discovered she had a brain tumor and she passed before she reached twenty. I'll never forget her strength and perseverance she was and always will be my hero.

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        I'm glad that you liked my poem, Ms Dora. We all need to become more aware of bullying and its damaging effects on children and do everything in our power to prevent it. I wanted the poem to convey the message that even if we are bullied with words, however, that we don't have to let it effect our feelings of self-worth. Thank you for reading and for your contribution.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        What a beautiful ending for little Oliver Cory. wish many more children can experience the same. the video is great. Thanks for sharing.

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        Lora Hollings 

        4 weeks ago

        Thank you Cynthia for reading my article and for leaving your wonderful comment! I hope that both my poem and the song can encourage and give children a positive message about themselves in helping them to realize that their lives are precious and we are all special in our own way and don't take what bullies say seriously.

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        4 weeks ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

        Hi Lora,

        This article is very sweet and uplifting, but also sad that small children have to go through the rejection and hatred that is dished out in our world. I am happy that you chose two kinds of encouraging and positive forms of your message for children who have been or are being bullied. Your poem was particularly touching. Thank you for sharing!

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        Lora Hollings 

        6 weeks ago

        Your comment is greatly appreciated, Chitrangada. I'm glad that you enjoyed my poem and found its message to be empowering and encouraging to children and those that find themselves in a situation of being bullied by others. Have a wonderful weekend!

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        6 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        A very valuable message conveyed through your wonderful poem. The little children and the younger ones, do face bullying at sometime or the other. Let the little souls feel empowered by your wonderful poem and message.

        Thanks for sharing.

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        8 weeks ago

        Thank you for the read and for your comment, Alyssa. I'm glad that you liked my poem and found its message meaningful. Blessings to you!

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        8 weeks ago from Ohio

        I love your poem! What an important message, not just for children, but also for adults. Well done!

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        Thanks for stopping by again, Flourish, and leaving a comment! Your comments are always greatly appreciated. I'm glad that you enjoyed the poem about little Oliver Cory. Hopefully, we will all become more aware of bullying and how damaging its consequences can be and take immediate action to stop it. And hopefully, we will also give our children the emotional strength and resilience that they need to not let it effect them so adversely and continue to feel good about themselves.

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        Thanks for reading and for your kind comment, Denise. I hope that the poem makes many people realize that bullying is a terrible thing for anyone to be subjected to! I also hope that the song with its uplifting lyrics help children to realize that your life has much value and that you can achieve any goals that you set for yourself despite what others may think or what they say.

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        2 months ago from USA

        I meant to comment on this the first time I read it, but I'm back now to say how much I enjoyed it and to read it again. What a lovely little story of resilience encapsulated in poetry!

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        Thank you Linda for dropping by and for leaving a comment. I'm glad that you found the message in my poem noteworthy. No one should ever be the victim of bullying. It is something that we should all become aware of and if we witness it should take steps to stop and prevent it from happening again.

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        Denise McGill 

        2 months ago from Fresno CA

        What a great song. Thanks for that lovely poem. I'm sure it speaks to so many people. If only we could stop the bullying forever.



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        Linda Crampton 

        2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        The message in your poem is very important. Thank you for sharing it, Lora. Bullying is a sad and worrying situation.

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        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        Brenda, your comment meant much to me. I’m so happy to hear that this poem about Oliver really touched you and that it created images in your mind so you could empathize with him in his experiences and also share in his achievements. Blessings to you.

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        Thank you Kevin for stopping by and for your generous comment. I'm glad that you enjoyed my poem and thought that it conveyed a good message.

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        2 months ago from Washington Court House

        I loved this poem. You did duch an excellent job writing this one. It flows so natural and clearly paints a picture in my mind.

        Thank you, for an enjoyable read.

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        Kevin Moore 

        2 months ago

        This poem makes me recall the great classic poems we were all introduced to when we were young. Yes, the ones that helped us developed good morals, character and kindness. Lora, you've create a modern day classic with "Little Oliver Cory!" This inspirational poem has a message everyone should read. It inspires belief in oneself and encourages you to reach for your goals regardless of what some bully might say. I will definitely share this with others.

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        Thank you Paul for stopping by and for your gracious comment. I’m happy to hear that the poem about Little Oliver Cory really touched you and inspired you as well. Warm Regards.

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        Paul Balagtas 

        2 months ago from Philippines

        Had goosebumps and got teary-eyed while reading this. I have been wanting to give up for over a year now and a piece like this makes me smile. So relatable. Thanks for this. God bless.

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        Thank you Lorna for stopping by and your insightful comment about bullying and, sadly, it does seem to be escalating especially the Cyber bullying. At least when I was growing up, we didn’t have personal computers and social media which has now become so predominant in the lives of children and adults! There is a nostalgia within me to return to an earlier time period when it seems like family members had more time for one another and children spent much more time outdoors, playing and interacting with each other on a much more personal basis. I think it would be better for children not to get involved with social media and expose themselves to a platform which maybe very harmful especially for children who are more vulnerable. We really need to spend more time with our children, too, teaching them compassion and values which will serve them through life, even the tough times, and give them an understanding that all people have a basic right not to be harrased or harmed and that the good of our society ultimately depends upon us all getting along and respecting one another.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        2 months ago

        There is such a powerful message in your poem Lora and the consequences of bullying are far-reaching. It is important to give our kids the right tools and schools and communities must also play a part. Cyber Bullying has increased in recent years and can be harder to deal with as it's 24/7. Great poem which also highlights the strength of the human spirit.

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        Bullying is terrible for any child or teenager to have to suffer. Everyone should be aware of the disastrous consequences it can have on any child- younger or older. If we see any child being sujected to such treatment, we must intervene to stop it to see that it doesn’t happen again. But most of us, at some time or another, are probably going to have to deal with negative people that have bullying tendencies, unfortunately, since we don’t live in a perfect world. If we give our children a good concept of themselves and the confidence to be able to deal with criticism, insults, or rejection from others then they will be able to deal with it much better and not let it effect them so adversely. Thanks for your comment, Pamela. It is much appreciated.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        2 months ago from Sunny Florida

        Bullying is so horrible. I feel bad for any child who has been bullied. I liked your poem and its message. This is a very important article that talks about the cruelty of bullying and I think it is very good.


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